Shari Duncan

Tag: Detox

Want Peak Performance? Detox your Body, Naturally.
Shari

by on Feb.13, 2011, under General HEALTH, General Nutrition, Weight Loss

You’ve decided to “clean up” your diet by eliminating fast foods, red meats, pork, junk foods, sugary drinks –  But don’t worry; there’s plenty of good stuff left to eat.

… once you get the junk out of your system and start eating right, chances are you probably will not want to go back to you old habits.

“We are what we eat” is amazingly accurate. Unnatural foods are harmful and tend to accumulate instead of being flushed.  Chances are if you are feeling tired, stressed, are bloated, frequently achy, or have low energy, your diet can be to blame. Ignoring these signs will not make your situation better.  It may be time to detox your body.  Eating natural foods, provided by nature, is the best way to cleanse and revitalize the body and stay healthy. Food is the fuel you feed the body to enable it to achieve peak performance. The cleaner and purer the fuel, the better and smoother the engine’s performance. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Why Detoxify?

Detoxification is one of the basic functions of the human body.  One of the body’s functions is to constantly detox on its own. During this process, the body eliminates toxins through the kidneys, colon, liver, lungs, lymph and skin.  Problem is that our lives are full o stress, pollution, chemicals and many other harmful substances and it is difficult for the human body to cleanse itself the way it was designed to do by nature.

When toxins are unable to be flushed out, they are set aside and surrounded by fat to protect the body from their harmful properties. However, this system of defense can cause even more health problems. Detoxification can also revitalize and eliminate bacteria and viruses.

It is important to keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water and herbal or green tea.   Aim to drink at

least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.  Stay clear of sugary sodas and caffeinated beverages as much as possible.

What we consume every day is an extremely important aspect of detoxification.  Choosing and eating the right things could make the difference between overloading our bodies with toxins or keeping it clean and working properly. There is a wide range of foods to select from that can be incorporated into your diet to help you revitalize and detoxify.  So what foods are best to eat to remove toxins and get rid of that “sluggishness” feeling?

Basically, your diet should consist of foods that can be found in an organic form when possible or

Green tea, fresh fruit, nuts make the perfect "detox" snack

found in nature without preservatives or processing.  After all, it was all those processed foods with all the additives, dyes, added sugars, salt and extra fat that got your body into the state it’s in now.

Here are just a few suggestions that should be incorporated in your diet regularly to help heal your body naturally.

  1. Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro – Potent spices known to boost metabolism and rid free radicals
  2. Green Leafy Veggies- gives digestive tract a chlorophyll boost ridding the body from harmful environmental toxins. (including cabbage)
  3. Citrus (Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit) and other fruits (high in water content and vitamin C. Also fruits provide natural sweetness to help fight off sweet craving while trying to avoid processed sugars
  4. Broccoli Sprouts -stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract. High in antioxidants.
  5. Seeds and Nuts
  6. Beans and grains (gluten free) like rice, quinoa
  7. Omega 3 Oils – Avocado, Flax Seed, Olive Oils, helps lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body
  8. Asparagus: They are diuretic and prevent water retention. Weight loss while eating asparagus is due to the loss of water and not fat.

Dairy and wheat products are not the best choices while trying to detox.  Substitute instead when possible gluten free grains and almond or soy milk. Avoid fried foods during this period as well. Instead of using butter, chose a healthier canola based or olive oil product. Avoid processed cakes and cookies and other such flour-based products as well.  An area that is tough for most people is snack foods. Instead of snacking on chips, candy and cookies, snack on nuts and seeds as a healthier source, or of course fresh fruits or veggies. Virtually all fruits and vegetables are great foods but those full of color such as dark leafy spinach or bright red tomatoes are optimal.
The bottom line, when it comes to appropriate body detox foods, consider that if a food product is made in a factory and processed in some way (besides simple flash freezing or canning), then it is not the best thing for your detoxifying diet.

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